Waste Disposal

The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem

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The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has gathered momentum in recent weeks. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what on earth to do with their half-tonne lithium-ion batteries when they wear out? ... Read more about The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem

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Biodegradable plastic 'false solution' for ocean waste problem

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http://www.theguardian.com - Adam Vaughan
Plastic litter washed up on Pembrey beach, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. A UNEP report says plastic litter is spreading from Arctic to the Antarctic. Photograph: Paul Quayle/Alamy
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UN’s top environmental scientist warns bottles and bags do not break down easily and sink, as report highlights the ubiquity of plastic debris in oceans.

Biodegradable plastic water bottles and shopping bags are a false solution to the ubiquitous problem of litter in the oceans, the UN’s top environmental scientist has warned.  Most plastic is extremely durable, leading to large plastic debris and “microplastics” to spread via currents to oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic, a UN report published on Monday found.
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PV Cycle achieves record 96% recycle rate for silicon-based PV modules.

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http://www.pv-tech.org - Tom Kenning
European PV recycling stats in tonnes. Credit: PV Cycle
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PV Cycle, a not-for-profit compliance and waste management programme solar PV technology in Europe, has achieved a record recycling rate of 96% for silicon-based PV modules. ... Read more about PV Cycle achieves record 96% recycle rate for silicon-based PV modules.

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5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About

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Gaelle Gourmelon
5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About
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It’s not easy to keep track of the complex ways in which our everyday choices have an impact on a global scale. But as the world’s population surpasses 7 billion, each of our actions—positive or negative—gets multiplied. Read on to learn about five global trends from our latest publication,  that show that our consumption choices affect more than ourselves—they affect the environment and the lives and livelihoods of millions. ... Read more about 5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About

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Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja

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Geni Geodesgin

There are several different directions that our planet can take to address the ever growing need for water and energy. This will involve integrating technologies of a large and small scale into our grid and into our homes as well. There are two main technologies in which to address large scale water sustainability: desalination and ‘pure water’ recycling. As the California dries out, it is increasingly important to adopt proven strategies to maintain the current standard of living. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja

China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Ivan Watson
Where your used electronics go in China
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Did you ever wonder what happens to your old laptop or cellphone when you throw it away?

Chances are some of your old electronic junk will end up in China.

According to a recent United Nations report, "China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world."

E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. ... Read more about China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Elyse Lowe

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Elyse Lowe

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Deputy Executive Director - Circulate San Diego

A native San Diegan, Elyse Lowe studied environmental studies and earth science, with an emphasis on policy and planning, at UC Santa Cruz. Elyse started her career with the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department managing citywide recycling programs. She then worked in the City’s Financial Management Department as a Budget Analyst. ... Read more about Elyse Lowe

Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

Nairobi - The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned on Monday at the launch of a global environment conference.
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Nairobi - The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned on Monday at the launch of a global environment conference.

"Plastics have come to play a crucial role in modern life, but the environmental impacts of the way we use them cannot be ignored", said UN Environment Programme (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner said. ... Read more about Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

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